What are the Ethical Dilemmas of Investing in Technology Stocks?

Investments can bring up a myriad of quandaries, from financial risk and opportunities through to moral decisions. The trolley problem can be used as a framework to consider ethical dilemmas in a variety of decision-making scenarios, including the trading of technology stocks. The trolley problem is a classic ethical dilemma in philosophy that has been used to explore a range of moral and ethical questions. Beyond the original trolley scenario, the problem has been adapted and modified to explore a … Continue reading “What are the Ethical Dilemmas of Investing in Technology Stocks?”

Using the Trolley Problem When Saving for Retirement

The trolley problem can be used as a framework to consider ethical implications in a variety of decision-making scenarios, including saving for retirement. For example, an individual saving for retirement may face a choice between investing in a company that is known for its high return on investment, but has a negative impact on the environment, or investing in a company with a lower return, but a more positive impact on the environment. By using the trolley problem framework, the … Continue reading “Using the Trolley Problem When Saving for Retirement”

The Trolley Problem and the Principle of Double Affect

The Principle of Double Effect is a philosophical idea that is often used to analyze the Trolley Problem. It states that an action that has both good and bad consequences can be morally justifiable if the good consequences are intended and the bad consequences are only a side effect. In the Trolley Problem, diverting the trolley onto the other track would result in the death of one person, but this would be a side effect of saving five people, which … Continue reading “The Trolley Problem and the Principle of Double Affect”

Taiwan Semiconductor Stock Rise Continues After Berkshire Hathaway Announces $4.1 Billion Stake

The world’s largest contract chipmaker or foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing shares rose 6% after hours following Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced they bought more than US$4.1 billion of American Depository Shares (ADS) in TSMC in their filing for September 30. TSMC have been a big part of the Semiconductor bounce in the past week rising 12.96% tracking the broader tech rally after the mellower US inflation print prompted bets of a less aggressive hike by the Federal Reserve. Berkshire Hathaway … Continue reading “Taiwan Semiconductor Stock Rise Continues After Berkshire Hathaway Announces $4.1 Billion Stake”

The Iranian Rial Hits Record Low as Iran Unravels in Protests

The Iranian rial fell to an all-time low in Iran’s unregulated, open market on Monday as protests against the government continued and hopes of reviving the nuclear deal remained slim. The rial fell to an average of IRR367,500 to the US dollar, IRR367,050 to the Euro and IRR421,700 and to the pound according to two exchange shops in the capital Tehran and local websites monitoring foreign currency prices. The rial has lost more than 40% against the dollar since August 2021. … Continue reading “The Iranian Rial Hits Record Low as Iran Unravels in Protests”

Fear at a Crescendo with Record Put Option Contracts on U.S. Stocks, ETFs and Indexes

Fear gripped global final markets Friday with the global leveraged speculating community awash with derivatives. In the US alone there were 34 million put-option contracts traded Friday across U.S. stocks, exchange-traded funds and indexes. Cboe Global Markets data said this was the highest on record going back to 2008. Put options are used by to hedge portfolios or speculate on lower prices. Fear is in control but is it at a point of saturation contrarians are asking. The overhanging risk … Continue reading “Fear at a Crescendo with Record Put Option Contracts on U.S. Stocks, ETFs and Indexes”

Ray Dalio Expects Interest Rates Over 4.5% and Stocks Down 20%

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater on Tuesday penned on his LinkedIn a bearish outcome for the US economy and with it stocks and bonds after August’s U.S. CPI came in much hotter than expected. Core CPI rose to 6.3% y/y vs 6.1% expected and 5.9% prior. “It looks like interest rates will have to rise a lot (toward the higher end of the 4.5% to 6% range) … The process starts with inflation. Then it goes to interest rates, then … Continue reading “Ray Dalio Expects Interest Rates Over 4.5% and Stocks Down 20%”

Lira Collapse Continues After Turkey Central Bank Shocks with Another 100 bp Cut

The Central Bank of Turkey unexpectedly cut its interest rate by 100bps to 13% at its August 2022 meeting on Thursday with concerted pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanting rates cut to stimulate the economy. The move surprised markets that expected rates to remain steady at 14%. Turkey gave another great lesson on why Central Banks and Governments should be independent. Turkey’s currency, the lira collapse accelerated further dropped 1 per cent to 18.14 against the US dollar, the … Continue reading “Lira Collapse Continues After Turkey Central Bank Shocks with Another 100 bp Cut”

Pinterest Stalked by Activist Investor Elliott Management

Pinterest stock jumped to 20.25 +2.69 or +15.3% after the WSJ reported that activist Elliott Management Corp. has built a stake of over 9% in the company to become the biggest investor in PINS. The once hot social-media company that Paypal had eyes on much higher, though $PYPL backed out after the payments company’s shareholders balked. Now like many social media companies it has a decline in users and faces other challenges from a collapsing stock market and economy. Elliott has been in … Continue reading “Pinterest Stalked by Activist Investor Elliott Management”

Biden Administration Punting on Their Being Enough Wiggle Room to Avoid Recession

The US White House continues to surprise, not on a rational economic or energy policy but one that continually surprises with denial, ignorance and perhaps straight-out delusion. Anyone living in 2022 is well aware of the burden of soaring inflation and the stresses of protests, lockdowns and wars around the world. Last week it was reported that American consumer’s sentiment is at the lowest ever. On Tuesday Heather Boushey, a member of President Joe Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers spoke … Continue reading “Biden Administration Punting on Their Being Enough Wiggle Room to Avoid Recession”